Werewolves: The Loup-Garou!

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The Loup Garou is common in Cajun legends, deriving either directly from French settlers to Louisiana or via the French Canadian immigrants centuries ago. It haunts the swamps and sometimes the fields and woods. The Loup Garou is often described as having a human body and the head of a wolf or dog, similar to a werewolf.

Stories of this Cajun werewolf instill fear and obedience, such as warning Cajun children to behave. In other tales, the Loup Garou will kill Catholics who do not follow the rules of Lent. Coincidentally, according to French Loup Garou stories, one who breaks Lent seven years in a row will turn into a werewolf.

The Loup Garou is under the spell for 101 days. During this time, the curse can be transmitted from person to person if the Loup Garou spills another human’s blood. The beast returns to human form during the day.


Sea Monsters: The Altamaha-ha of Georgia!

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The Altamaha-ha, or Altie, is our very own sea serpent of Georgia! It inhabits the coastal
marshes and twisting channels and even abandoned rice fields near the mouth of the Altamaha River,which empties into the ocean near Brunswick, Georgia.
Consistent sightings of the creature describe it as 30 feet long, with a long neck and flippers, and that swims like a seal,rather than a fish or eel.

Appropriately, the Altie inhabits the waters around Darien, a town founded by
once-natives of Iverness, which  lies on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. The
Scots even called their settlement New Inverness before changing the town’s name to
The monster was first sighted in  1981 when a former newspaper publisher named Larry Gwin reported seeing the creature while fishing with a friend.
The natives of the area, the Creek Indians, spoke of giant snakes in the rivers of their territory to early explorers who recorded the legends.

Sightings of the Altamaha-ha continue to this day, with the town of Darien making the most of their shy tourist attraction.

Dragons of Europe: The Scultone!


The dragon called “scultone” or “ascultone” appears in legends in Sardinia, Italy. It was a kind of basilisk,with a deadly gaze that could kill humans. It was also immortal.


Star Wars Creatures: The Rancor!


A rancor is a large reptilian carnivore native to the planet Dathomir.They are about five meters tall,with long arms,horrible claws, armored hides and immense toothy jaws in a pug-nosed face.
Jabba the Hutt kept a rancor in a pit below his palace court, to which he fed any who displeased him.

In Return of the Jedi, the rancor was first tried out as a man in a creature suit, but the results were unsatisfactory. The beast was then made as a rod puppet, and  filmed with a high-speed camera. Then its movements were slowed down to give the illusion of a much larger creature, moving a bit more ponderously.


Dragons of North America: The Gowrow!

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A giant beast in the folklore of the Ozarks, the gowrow is a huge dragon-like creature, about twenty feet long, with thick green scales, two front legs with terrible claws, and enormous tusks in its jaws. The tail ends in a blade.
Gowrows are carnivorous and eat any large animals they can find, including humans. The live in caverns and under rock ledges.
The name “gowrow” comes from the vocalizations they make: “GOW ROW!”